Have you been thinking about quitting smoking or chewing tobacco? Maybe you have thought of making this your New Year’s Resolution?
Starting a new year with new goals can be exciting.
Finding new ways to help yourself quit tobacco can be a good start. We realize that quitting for good takes patience, time, and practice. Many people try more than once.
Tips for quitting tobacco:
- Pick a quit date. Starting the New Year tobacco free is a great idea
- List the reasons to quit tobacco
- Figure out what triggers make you want to smoke/chew so you can avoid them, especially during the early days of quitting
- Let loved ones know you’re quitting so they can support you
Benefits of quitting tobacco:
- 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure improves and the temperature of your hands and feet goes back to normal.
- Twelve hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your body drops to normal.
- Two weeks to three months after quitting, blood circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
- One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease may be half of a smoker.
- Five to fifteen years after quitting, your stroke risk is close to a non-smoker.
If that isn’t enough..
- You will be less likely to get sick.
- Your skin will look healthier.
- Your food will taste better.
- You will be able to smell food, flowers, and other things better.
And there are many more benefits.
- Individual, face to face counseling, with a personalized quit plan with ongoing follow up and support (This is a free service for our Ridgeview patients).
- Information about medications that can help you quit
- Nicotine replacement therapy
- Carbon monoxide screening
- Lung cancer screening
If you are interested in learning more, contact your Ridgeview primary care provider.